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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY: #85 through #80
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
MOVIES AND MORALS
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
THIS WEEKEND IN CHURCH HISTORY: TIME CAPSULES
LITURGY FOR WEEKEND
"I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
THE VIEW FROM THE PEW
NEWS OF THE DAY
MEDJUGORJE MONTHLY MESSAGE
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE
LITURGY FOR THE THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST
During this week we celebrate a plethora of saints including the feasts of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on Saturday, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary on Sunday, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary on Monday, the Feast of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal on Wednesday, the Feast of Saint John Eudes on Thursday, the Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on Friday, the Feast of Pope Saint Pius X on Saturday and, though it is superceded by Sunday's Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on all these feasts, click on LITURGY
In honor of the duo Feasts of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary and a week later the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, we present special prayers to the Queen of Heaven at PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
SIMPLY SHEEN: Without God's truths we are haunted!
They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminarydid so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Superstition manifests itself not only in credulity, but also in servility. Scripture says the 'last times' will be characterized by a refusal to endure sound teaching."
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE:
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
While we are on a one week second summer hiatus we refer you to the three reliable Catholic News Services you can click on to keep up with the news of the world for Catholics. First of all there is the updated ticker at the top of the page beneath the masthead provided by
Catholic World News Service
Noticias Eclesiales Church News
as well as
the comprehensive ZENIT International News Agency.
We will return with even more coverage in Monday's 158th issue on August 23rd.
The Vicar of Christ Speaks! His Concluding Message to the Americas: Be united for Christ!
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we have brought you this important document in several installments over the past several months. Today we bring you the twenty-fifth and final installment. For the Conclusion., click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
"Do not be afraid. Do not be anxious. Do not become lukewarm. Remember, I am with you always until the end of time. Behold, My little ones, I beg you to prepare, for I Come!"
Those words above were the final words imparted by Our Lord in the final Message #632 on the Feast of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 18, 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. With this message the messages for the world from Jesus concluded as He once again entreats all His children to persevere and defend the faith, both inside the Church and outside. He calls for obedience to His earthly vicar Pope John Paul II and to reread Sacred Scripture, the Messages, and Church teaching and to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. He emphasizes the mystery and power of the Holy Eucharist and warns us to preserve His Sacred Presence at all cost and calls us to take refuge in the Two Hearts. Prior to His final message, His Blessed Mother conveys her concluding words to the hidden flower four days earlier on June 14th. In this final message, Our Lady reminds us of the necessity to cling to the Cross, pray, do penance, partake in the Sacraments as often as possible, be humble and obedient, and rely on God's providence and Mercy to help us persevere as He has promised. She asks us in her motherly way to trust her Divine Son for "He alone is the Refuge, the Way, the Truth and the Life." For the Final Two Messages 631 and 632 from Our Lady and Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!
With today's final two messages, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
Events this weekend in Church History
While many events in Church annals occurred over this third week in August, during this time we commemorate the deaths of eight Popes over the centuries, including the "Pope of the Eucharist" from early in this century - Pope Saint Pius X who died on August 21, 1914 after an eleven year pontificate which included making Holy Communion available to children who had reached the age of reason. For all the other events that happened during this week in Church History, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
Gone fishin'! But it won't be an ordinary vacation
In this weekend's editorial, we commence our second summer hiatus during the week which has the Solemnity of the Assumption and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary as bookends. Talk about a treasured library! The week of relaxation and getting away from it all will not be ordinary however for it will include valuable, prime family time where the whole family can refresh physically, psychologically and spiritually - all vital in fighting the ordinary blahs of summer and gearing up for the extraordinary times ahead. For the commentary, There is nothing Ordinary about Our Lady!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Though blessed by God, Mary was also mortal!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto writes about the Solemnity of the glorious Feast of the Assumption and explains what "assumed" means for Mary, like us, was human. She is not divine and not to be worshipped. But she remains God's most precious of His creation and He has assigned her as the "chief intercessor" to all His children. Sister points out that she strongly believes Mary did die and not just fall asleep because Jesus died and it would stand to reason she would follow her Divine Son. That mystery of whether she truly died incorrupt or was only in a state of dormition will never be truly known until we reach Heaven however the fact we have today saints such as Saint Bernadette whose body is still incorrupt lends credence to Sister's assumption on the Assumption. For her column this weekend, She was assumed into Heaven! click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
A worm in the apple can spoil the joy of conversion
In his column this week, Pat Ludwa addresses those who seek to be muckrakers, trying to expose a person's sins even though they had long ago been forgiven and forgotten. When we are in the state of grace we are the shining "apple in God's eye" but there are those who, like the burrowing worm, seek to dig up dirt. In the axiom that "misery loves company," they want to slosh around in the mud of negativism and contaminate good deeds especially for those who are striving to turning over a new leaf in God's eyes. These accusers forget Christ came to forgive and forget. Too many Catholics today forget that the "Good News" isn't about being perfect without sin but for sinners striving to be perfect. That is why Jesus came into this world, for sinners and He came, despite the naysayers who relish grunging in the dirt, so that we all "may have life, and have it more abundantly" as He assures us in John 10: 10. For Pat's column Good News: the Whole Story, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, now the Archbishop of Managua, is a tried and true veteran of the struggles between Somoza and the Sandinistas
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our eighty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo of the Salesian Order who has been there for the people through the terrible strife and civil war in Nicaragua as well as the most recent devastating earthquakes. He was elevated to the cardinalate in the Pope's Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
With "The Sixth Sense" one gets the idea the audiences has lost their senses
Top Ten Films
for First Part of August
Maybe it's a good idea we're going on vacation this week because the Force has taken a vacation from the Top Ten. The summer's megahit "Star Wars - Episode One - The Phantom Menace" has fallen out of the Top Ten for the first time since it debuted three months ago. Speaking of vacations, the entire movie industry seems to have taken a vacation from values and producing worthwhile films. The latest is another Bruce Willis' vehicle that falls short of meaning, but enough gore and violence to disturb us. Yet that is mild compared to the fare that follows with only "Runaway Bride" and the new comer "The Iron Giant" lending any credence to decency as the rest play on blatant sex, violence, intelligence-insult, sexual innuendo and a diminishing of moral values. That's entertainment?!? For the Top Ten reviews for the first part of August prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS